No letup predicted in violence against children

The Press 06/08/2009

Violence against children is unlikely to drop over the next three years, Children’s Commissioner John Angus says. In his first statement of intent since being appointed in May, Angus said violence was “endemic in too many of the families, schools and other settings in which children live”. It was unlikely that levels of violence and neglect would “drop dramatically” over the next three years. “Indeed, it may be that more instances of violence come to notice and that household overcrowding and economic hardship lead to increased levels of neglect,” his statement said.

..Chief Families Commissioner Jan Pryor said stress, poverty and disparity were all factors in family violence. “If the economic recession continues, it could well impact on vulnerable families,” she said.